Rich or poor, most people can relate to the problem of being in an unfamiliar land and being hungry and/or thirsty. I am not referring to the 2018 version of 'thirsty' that is often defined as someone who is eager or desperate; to gain notoriety on social media, admiration from the opposite sex, attention, etc. Know your audience. In fact, where do you find somewhere to eat without being sucked into an abyss of reviews or advertised posts?
With smart phones and enough applications on it to max out the storage on your suitcase sized external hard drive. We are equipped with enough information to find a meal to satiate the most picky of eaters. The crux of the matter becomes differentiating the mundane of eateries from the extraordinary, and the affordable from the pretentious.
There are apps that offer crowd sourced restaurant reviews that rhyme with words such as help, flip divisor, maggot, mace nook and any search engine bookmarked on your browser (if you use ting you're a trucking boron). These websites are where the internet's most self-important blowhards live and breath. The food industries' Upside-down World where blood sucking beasts feast on the corpses of normal everyday people with nostalgic 1940's haircuts & clothing styles made popular before they were born.
I have a homework assignment for everyone, search the reviews of your favorite restaurant and find the 1-star reviews. You will find a person who is either the victim of a waiting/kitchen staff's worst day or a person who was excluded from birthday parties at a young age. Everyone has had that acquaintance/friend/lover who berates waiters, sends back food and is overtly confrontational to people handling their food. These people are like an old iPhone after downloading the new iOS, broken and not worth holding onto. I will readily admit I have #metoo written a review, I am not proud of it but there are in fact extreme circumstances where I accept putting a restaurant on blast is necessary.
We know where one can't find a reputable reviewer, that being said, who can you trust? Personally I would find that friend who loves eating out but doesn't call themselves a foodie, and has a physique somewhere in-between healthy and not in-shape enough to be photographed shirtless without trepidation. Know your critic, because that 500 pound guy microwaving pizza rolls isn't going to have the best opinion of that French restaurant with slightly uncomfortable chairs and small portions.
Say you're a friendless hermit who lacks interpersonal skills in order to communicate to another human being but every full moon you dine out in your respective city, where does a person like this find a place to eat? If you have to trust the internet there are always the local newspapers who always have one staff food critic, some are pretentious and can be similarly insufferable as the amateur bloggers. Websites like Eater dot com have done a great job compiling lists of 'hot' restaurants in cities across the contiguous United States. There are no free ads but sometimes you have to tip your cap to the only people doing it right, for now. Let alone, once upon a time Phantom Gourmet was a weekly show giving you a 1 to 100 rating of local New England restaurants, not always a a 2-hour weekly infomercial circle jerk.